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Last modified: 3/7/2013 3:08 PM

Standard Fees

Standard fee:     $25.00 for the first page (this fee includes 

                                        the $10.00 Real Estate Fraud 

                                        Prevention Fee per GC 27388)

                         + $3.00 for each additional page

                         + any applicable Additional Fees

Calculation instructions for standard fee documents appear below.

Exceptions to the standard fee include:

  • state, county, and municipal lien releases
  • maps
  • builder's contracts (filed)
  • preliminary 20 day notices (filed)

 Additional Fees



Two or more documents incorporated into one physical document are recorded and charged as two or more
separate documents; e.g.
Substitution of Trustee AND
Reconveyance, Deed of Trust AND Assignment of Rents

 AND Fixture Filing

$15.00 for each additional
document (not subject to
Real Estate Instrument Fee)
$25.00 for each additional
document subject to the
Real Estate Instrument Fee
as shown below
​Conformed Copy ​For the return of a conformed copy ​$5.00
​Real Estate Instrument
​Real Estate Fraud Fee Per Instrument (Govt. Code 27388) ​$10.00
​Lien Notice Fee ​Involuntary liens ​$4.00 for each named
defendant or lienee
(husband and wife
 with a common address
 count as one)
​Page Size Penalty

​Documents with any pages that
are smaller or larger than

8 1/2" by 11" (Over 14" long not accepted)

​$3.00 for each page of the
document (not just the
off-size pages)
Change of
Ownership (PCOR)
​Any document presented with an INCOMPLETE or MISSING PCOR
report that it is required
to have one by law
​Survey Monument Preservation Fund ​Grant deeds with a property
description that refers to
a portion of a lot created
by a recorded Tract Map,
a lot or parcel created
by recording of a Survey
or Parcel Map, U.S.
Government Survey
(Township and Range),
Metes and Bounds,
or street address.
​Previous Document Reference
​Documents referring to
more than one previously
recorded document, if
the  reference requires indexing
​ $1.00 for each reference
after the first
​Penalty Print ​Documents containing
printing which is
spaced with more than
9 lines per vertical
inch or more than 22
characters and spaces
per horizontal inch,
for not less than 3
inches in one sentence.
​$1.00 for each page containing penalty print
Indexing Fee
​Documents requiring
indexing of more
than 10 names in
order to give the
required notice
​$1.00 for each 10 names after the first 10
​County Transfer Tax ​Property transfers anywhere in the county ​0.55 per $500.00
(computed on equity
or full value of
​Conveyance Tax ​Property transfers within
the cities of San Jose,
Mountain View, and Palo Alto
​$1.65 per $500.00
(computed on full value)






  Exceptions to Standard Fees


​Government Lien Release Recording Fee
​State, county, and municipal lien releases (Federal lien releases are subject to the standard recording fee.) ​$23.00 (includes REI)
​Map Filing Fee ​Subdivision, parcel, survey, assessment and cemetery maps ​$8.00 first page +
$2.00 each additional page
​Filing Fee ​Builder's Contracts ​$15.00 
​Preliminary 20-day Notice Fee ​Preliminary 20-day notices
(Notices are only filed for private work)
​UCC Filling Fee ​Uniform Commercial Code Fillings ​$20.00 for 1-2 pages
$30.00 for 3 or more pages (includes REI)


 How to Calculate Fees for Documents Subject to the Standard Fees

  • Calculate the standard fee of $25.00 (this fee includes the $10.00 Real Estate Fraud Prevention Fee per GC 27388) for the first page and $3.00 for each additional fee.
  • Review the Additional Fees to determine which additional fees and taxes apply.
  • Add the amount for each and every applicable additional fee to the standard fee.

For example, you are recording a 2-page grant deed. You determine that it is subject to the Survey Monument Preservation Fund and that it is subject to county transfer tax of $30.25 and San Jose city conveyance tax of $90.75. The pricing would be:

Standard fee for 2 pages:              18.00
SMPF fee:               10.00
County Transfer Tax:              30.25
San Jose Conveyance Tax:              90.75
Total owed:            149.00

If you record a document in person, the Clerk-Recorder's Office will compute all fees for you. If you record by mail and are unsure of the total amount owed, you may send a check with a "Not to Exceed" notation with a specific maximum amount. Write this notation below the written dollar amount line on the check.  The Clerk-Recorder's Office will enter the correct amount owed and process the payment.


If you wish to record a document by mail, mail your document and payment to this address:

Clerk-Recorder's Office

ATTN:  Recording
East Wing, First floor
70 West Hedding Street
San Jose, CA 95110